A Passion for Papertrey’s challenge…

I have been determined to join in this challenge and, thankfully, have managed to squeeze it in. After all, I am Queen of CASEing. Seriously. Not an original bone in my body. And with the wealth of creative talent to be plundered in the PTI, well, come on…!

So, whose ideas to nick ??? Eventually I settled on Maile Belles ( bet she feels honoured… ūüėõ ) I have been LOVIN’ her technique in creating a frame using 2 PTI dies – see an example here¬†– ¬†wow,¬† that idea must have made a huge impact on me as it was back in AUGUST !!!

Anyhow, here’s my take on it …

¬†* images are Papertrey Ink’s Fly Away

* vellum frame is Mat Stack 4 cut with Fillable Frames 7 (both PTI)

Very, very simple. About all I feel capable doing right now….

Have a good week, folks !

New Baby – unborn !!

My lovely, lovely friend Laura is expecting !!

I am SOOOO thrilled for her – and I made her a card….¬†(Please excuse the squintiness of it – catching the natural light has become a bit of a guessing game – and as I live in Scotland, one you can only practise a few hours a day !!)

¬†Now, I know a lot of you are going “humph, hardly original, seen it before, not even her own idea – CASEd from Rebecca at Eclectic Endeavours¬†” and you’re right, but I don’t care. When a card structure is as cute as this, you betcha I’m going to use it over and over and over. Who made you queen of CardWorld ?

….¬†please excuse my aggressiveness, SAD is kicking in like mad and there’s a lot going on just now….

ANYHOW….

* image and sentiment are Papertrey Ink’s Enjoy the Ride¬†(and I hope it so much better than my pregnancy…!)

* buttons are also PTI !!! (I got a shared delivery this weekend – lovely wreath set you are mine !!!)

* all else is stash ( I think the DP are Diecut With a View – but from when I was expecting DD…)

And, as my friend Laura is lovely, lovely, lovely, I know she’ll love it. Ahhhh….

New Baby – born !!

To say I’m not exactly wild about this card would be an understatement- but I am determined to use up stash that I have, even if I CLEARLY bought it 100 years ago. OKay, it’s not so bad, but I have moved beyond buying a stack of embellishments and sticking them down… I hope ūüėÄ

¬†Anyhow, the only details I can give you about this card is that the ink used to edge the pieces is Distress Worn Lipstick. The structure of the card is templates that I stored out of their packaging ages ago and the embellishments… well, I chucked the packaging and I’m not going to bin-rake so I can enable you to buy stickies that will only extend your ability to stick things down squinty (like my photography skills then !!)¬†….

Harsh, right ??!! And they let me teach small children…. MWAH HA HA HA! (ahem)

Ooooh! My first Blog Hop !!!

I’m a WALTZING MOUSE !! Actually, not so funny, beacuse I have had to completely gut my craftroom this holiday as we discovered evidence the little bleeps had been in my paper stash… Never mind, job done now and I discovered a TON of stuff to use !

So on with the cards !

I loved Claire’s Teeny Trees when they were previewed, but tried to resist as I have several tree images already ! However, these were too sweet, and my resolve weakened with the arrival of birthday money… ! This is such a great set and I can see lots of cards for lots of occasions coming up !

I’ve also been playing around with my scrap stash, and thought these green papers would be lovely as “grass” (my visiting niece just doesn’t get the idea that stripy paper can be grass -it’s art, dah-ling !!!)

* All images WaltzingMouse Teeny Trees

* Inks Рsky is Distress Tumbled Glass, tree solid is Memories Soft Celery, tree leaves are Kaleidacolour Autumn Colours

Thank you for your visit !

A little birthday thank you !

My mobile phone has finally given up the ghost so I haven’t been able to do my usual round of thank-you texts for my birthday presents at the end of last month. Also, some of my gifters don’t really use their mobiles for that kind of purpose ( unlike my SIL who is surgically attached to her Crack-berry…!) This weekend, we are away to the capital to celebrate DH’s grandfather’s 95th – yup, NINETY FIFTH – birthday. He is still a very independent, mobile gentleman¬† …who regularly goes to a retirement home to “visit the old folk” !!! He is one of my thank you listees and very complimentary about my cards ( he has framed them in the past !) so I like to do something a wee bit special…

However, I am not entirely convinced by this ! I might rejig the next few !

* Tree, leaves and sentiment are Waltzing Mouse Teeny Trees 

* Inks are Shadow ink Soft Celery and Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves

* DP is Papertey Ink’s Turning a New Leaf

Speaking of PTI, I got up at 3.15am today to place an order. I thought some of the new stuff Рand some of the old! Рmight sell out. Turns out I was about 2 hours too early Рgrr, I can NEVER work out the time !! Рbut I got the order in !

As this is another Autumnal card, I am putting it in for the A Passion for Papertrey’s new challenge !

Now my lovely niece and I are away to see Despicable Me¬† ( and eat Ben and Jerry’s !!) Have a lovely Friday !

Nae pressure then…

My mum gave me a commission for a card this weekend. One of her dear friends is turning 80. Now, I reckon I’ve known this woman for 30 years. She is one of the most stylish women I know, and so smart ! She was actually a Primary teacher who taught my brother in the wee rural school we went to and I was scared of her – she was strict ! I¬†now recognise that she was a great teacher – old school, the kind who gets you to learn by giving you interesting things and not accepting the rubbish kids can bring. I now wish I’d had more like her….

So I need to make a card for this smart, stylish, woman who has high standards and expectations. Ok. Did¬†I mention that since retiring, she has taken up and won prizes for her art. No ? Or that her architect husband – since also retiring –¬†teaches art ?¬†Or that her children are in the fields of photography, glass engraving¬†and jewellery. Not dabbling, but earning a living from their craft…

So, as I say, nae pressure then.

My first thought was a HUGE card in primary colours that had a MASSIVE “EIGHTY. WOO-HOO!!” in glittered, shiny gold metallic cardstock. On a bouncy spring, so it moved in the lightest breeze.

However, I feared it might be a tad tasteless.

So I made this card.

Naturally, there’s a story. They live in this gorgeous house and at the bottom of the garden, there is a little gate that leads through the sea-wall to the beach. Yup, it is my fairytale home. So I thought a beach themed card would be appropriate, and the sentiment on this particularly so

* Main image is Inkadinkado’s Down by the Seaside¬†clear embossed and then distress inked with a variety of colours (how many colours do you see in the sea ?!)

* Other shell images are a cheapy foam-backed set from somewhere. Sorry !

* I made all the papers with glimmer mists and distress inks ( that’s pretty arty, right??!)

Finally, if you needed proof that this is indeed a special card…

Yup. I decorated the inside. She’s worth it.

* image is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, papers are off-cuts from the work on the front.

 So, mum, is it acceptable ?

Channeling my inner Marilyn…

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Craig…. happy birthday to yoooooo!

This is a birthday card for my petrol-head friend Emma’s husband’s birthday (try saying that 3 times !) For various reasons, he only learned to drive this year – yet the man has been able to strip and sort out an engine for years, I think that’s VERY cool !

* main image is Papertrey Ink’s “Enjoy the Ride”, leaves are Papertrey Ink’s “Masculine Motifs”

* sentiment is ? I think it’s a TAC from a LONG time ago

* inks are Versafine Onyx, Distress Ink Fired Brick and Weathered Wood, and Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves

* the bronzy paper is made with various Glimmer Mists

¬†I borrowed the sketch plan ¬†from Lili of the Valley’s Thursday Challenge. I am trying to extend my style a little bit more from Quick and Lazy, and these sketches aren’t very threatening but are quite layered. I think it’ll be a LOOOOOONG time before I try vintage again though !

I am entering this card for A Passion for Papertrey’s new Autumnal colours challenge –¬†the entries are simply lovely, go check them out ( then come back here and tell me you think mine’s the best !! ;D )

Off now to do¬†another card based on this sketch¬† –¬†my mother has commissioned an 80th birthday card and I have just the stamps in mind…

Wedding car card

I CASEd this card from Rebecca over at Eclectic Endeavours as I thought her card was so beautiful and unusual.

I changed a few things – this is a wedding card (although 2 friends told me they were pregnant this week !!) I made it a wedding card as I came across a folder filled with wedding type vellums. I have had these for SEVERAL years and I really just need to get them used up ! I am going to spring out my PTI Year Of Flowers:Roses to try out a couple more ideas (and use up more paper !)

* Images are from Papertrey Ink’s Enjoy the Ride ( I LOVE this set !! ūüėÄ )

* Inks are Versafine and Elzybell’s Pink Lemonade

* Headlamps are Stickled

* Background is cuttlebugged in Argyle.

I’m very chuffed !

So, today is the first day of the tattie-pickin’ holidays and I feel v chilled. It’s unusual, but also rather nice ! We have a lot planned this holiday – surprisingly little school work as I’m sure I did MORE than enough of that over the summer hols. Cool.

I will probably be posting a few things before we get back to the grindstone tho ūüėČ